United States Ambassador to the European Union: “Everything we have accomplished is because of our shared vision and hard work”

It has been an honor to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the European Union over the past three years.

I believe in the European Union and in the power of the U.S.-EU relationship to do good in the world. I am reminded each day that we are essential partners in a turbulent world.

As I come to the end of my term, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what we have accomplished. It’s a long list and I’m proud of what we have achieved together.

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Fighting Terrorism through Customs Trade Partnerships

By Shawn Beddows, Deputy Attache, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States Mission to the European Union

It is no secret that the terrorist attacks on 9/11 forever changed the world we live in. As a legacy U.S. Customs Inspector working in Newark, NJ on that fateful day, I can vividly recall the chaotic moments following the impacts of the planes into the World Trade Center buildings, which I could see from my office in the Newark/Elizabeth Seaport. Several of us quickly secured the perimeter of the U.S. Customs office building as the Twin Towers eventually collapsed in front of our eyes. It was at that moment that one of my colleagues, looked at me and said, “This job will never be the same again!” He could not have been anymore prophetic on that day.

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Why I’m Passionate about Standards……and you should be too!

By Marianne Drain, Commercial Officer, Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Mission to the European Union There’s a look I get when I tell people I work on Standards. Eyes glaze. Subjects change. People suddenly need to use the restroom. Upon entering the EU, an immigration official, after asking a routine question on work, once told a Standards colleague, “wow – that sounds really boring!” So, … Continue reading Why I’m Passionate about Standards……and you should be too!

USEU Engages on Privacy and Intelligence Reform at the 2016 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference

By Matteo Quattrocchi,Programs and Exchange Assistant at the U.S. Mission to the EU A colleague here at United States Mission to the European Union (USEU) once described the annual Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference, (CPDP) as “the funkiest conference in Brussels.” While I first laughed at that description, after my first CPDP experience this year I’ve come to agree. In a sea of “Brussels Bubble” … Continue reading USEU Engages on Privacy and Intelligence Reform at the 2016 Computers, Privacy and Data Protection Conference

The Super Bowl and the Transatlantic Relationship

On Sunday, February 7th, life in the Unites States will briefly come to a halt. Streets will be vacated as people will gather in front of the television screens in homes, restaurants, and bars to watch the final of the 2015 National Football League (NFL) season, more commonly known as “The Super Bowl”. Of the more than 110 million people who generally watch the game … Continue reading The Super Bowl and the Transatlantic Relationship